The wide reception room behind DeVonta Smith could use some work for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles have tried to add a veteran through trades and free agency, but other than adding Zach Pascal, they’ve gone empty and while veterans remain on the market, the NFL Draft could be the way for the Eagles with either pick No 15 or 18 or even pick 51 in the second round.
In his final two-round mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. sees general manager Howie Roseman target Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave with the No. 15 pick.
After last week’s trade with the Saints, the Eagles now have one less first-round pick, but you have to think they’ll take a receiver with one of them, right? If they commit to using 2022 as a review year for Jalen Hurts, the best way to review him is to give him the tools to succeed. Olave had seven touchdowns out of the slot last season, but he can also get out and use his 4.39 40 speed to open up. Hurts would love to throw at him and DeVonta Smith, with Dallas Goedert working in midfield.
Olave, who built his stock as a deep threat with 4.39×40 speed and an excellent road runner.
He recorded 936 yards and 13 scores as a senior.
Besides Smith, the Eagles’ wide receiver room goes to third-year pros Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins, as well as free agents Paschal, JJ Arcegaw-Whiteside, Greg Ward and John Hightower.
Then, with the No. 18 pick, Kiper sees the Eagles land Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean.
I see a huge gap in the middle of the Eagles’ front seven, and we’re getting to the point in this draft where an off-ball linebacker will be taken. I have Devin Lloyd just ahead of Dean in my rankings, but there are teams that will fall in love with Dean’s intangibles. He’s a terrific teammate who led the national champions’ historic defense. He’s a bit undersized, but he can play sideline against sideline.
Looking at the Eagles defense, they could still use this sideline-to-side linebacker.
Dean is a versatile linebacker, who can be an explosive blitzer and cover tight and second-level ends.
He won the Butkus Award, as the nation’s top linebacker, making 72 total tackles, 10.5 for loss, six sacks, two picks, five passes defended and two forced fumbles for the Bulldogs.
In the second round, the Eagles add more defensive talent, taking USC’s top rusher Drake Jackson.
There was a time when I thought Jackson might be a top 10 pick, but he never put it all together for the Trojans. Still, NFL teams will see his height (6-foot-3, 254 pounds) and physical traits and think they can train him to his ceiling. For the Eagles, Jackson could be a situational pass thrower early on while he develops his game. Edge rush is an obvious need for Philly.
The 6-foot-3, 254-pound Jackson recorded a career-high six sacks, adding 26 quarterback pressures and 29 tackles and has 69 quarterback pressures and 13 career for the Trojans.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30.
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